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30 Oct

Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion

The I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel has long been the area most clogged up with traffic on the way to Sandbridge.  The existing 3.5-mile bridge tunnel consists of two 2-lane immersed-tube tunnels on artificial islands.  These tunnels opened in 1957 (current westbound lanes) and 1976 (eastbound lanes) and are approximately 7,500 feet long. Traffic on these four lanes exceeds 100,000 vehicles per day during peak summer traffic.

This massive transportation project, expected to be completed by November 2025, will widen the current four-lane segments of the 1-64 HRBT corridor in Norfolk and Hampton, and bore new twin tunnels. The expansion will increase capacity, ease major congestion, and enhance travel time reliability.

Crews and subcontractors continue to make progress on the HRBT South Island in preparation for the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), which will eventually launch from the site in early 2022 and begin boring twin tunnels parallel to the existing eastbound tunnel. Workers are moving utility lines, constructing temporary plants on site and preparing to build a large dock to receive the TBM.

A concept video is linked below which takes viewers on a visual tour of the widening project!

21 Oct

Sandbridge Flowers

Sandbridge Flowers

Sandbridge Flowers is the local florist in Sandbridge who offers incredibly affordable prices on floral arrangements.  Add a stunning splash of flowers to your vacation or surprise someone on a special occasion!  We highly recommend the  sunflower special which features locally grown zinnias and sunflowers from Pungo farms. 

Sandbridge Flowers also hosts flower parties!  For those looking for a fun activity while on vacation — look no further.  A top floral designer will come to your vacation home and set up a flower arranging classroom.  Pour some wine, laugh, and create beautiful memories and arrangements!

https://sandbridgeflowers.com/

 

11 Oct

Luxury Picnics in Sandbridge

The VB Picnic Co.

The VB Picnic Co makes bohemian picnic dreams come true! The beautiful backdrop of Sandbridge, VA meets custom curated bohemian table scapes- leave all the details to them. VB Picnic Co will set up a styled luxury picnic at the location of your choice and clean it all up once the party is over. The most unique, intimate, and relaxing way to gather with your loved ones is here.

What’s included:

-styled picnic table scape for chosen number of guests

-custom welcome sign

-cutlery, napkins, plates & cups

-seasonal charcuterie board provided by longboardcharcuterie.com for chosen number of guests

-sparkling water for each guest

-comfy seating for each guest

-supplemental pillows and blankets

-large decorative umbrella

-bluetooth speaker

-use of everything for 1.5 hours

https://thevbpicnicco.com/

29 Sep

Surfs Up in Sandbridge (Hurricane Teddy)

Hurricane Teddy Brings Waves to Sandbridge

Surfers in Sandbridge have been delighted during the majority of September as waves have been rolling in constantly.  Hurricane Teddy was particularly impressive with waves fully barrelling.  Siebert Realty is proud to manage over 100 oceanfront vacation rentals for your next surf trip.  Imagine waking up and having coffee on the deck as you check the waves with your friends and family members!  The best waves for surfing usually occur between September-November which coincides with the hurricane season.  Ask us any surf related questions including the best spots to surf in Sandbridge!

 

Pictures: Sam Musselman

 

 

 

20 Sep

Social Distancing in Sandbridge

Social Distancing in Sandbridge: Why beach house rentals are the best option during the Covid-19 pandemic

We don’t need much convincing to believe that renting a beach house is a good idea, but if you’re worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your travels or ability to limit exposure, we are here to ease your mind.

Maximum Social Distancing: As opposed to resorts or hotels, a vacation home creates the exclusivity to maintain distance from those not in your immediate family, while enjoying the relaxation of a beach vacation. Private pools and full kitchen amenities create the opportunity to completely eliminate contact with others.

Low Cost: Bring your own food to cook, enjoy the beach and other included cottage amenities and skip the vacation overspending guilt without compromising on the fun.

No Airplane Required: A busy airport is no place for social distancing! Sandbridge is a short drive from many states. Ease your mind and lower health risks by driving to your vacation destination. Plus, you’ll save on the expense of a rental car when you arrive!

A vacation home is never a bad idea, but during these unprecedented times, it is the best idea to keep your family safe and healthy.

 

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13 Sep

Glowing Waves in Sandbridge

Glowing Waves in Sandbridge

The waves are glowing up and down the coast of Sandbridge!  Bioluminescent algae was once common in the southern Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, but now it is becoming an annual event on the Virginia coastline.  Although this algae can be toxic to different types of sea creatures, it is not harmful to humans.  The bright glow will only be visible when a wave crashes which causes a chemical reaction.  We encourage all current vacationers to go for a walk one night and see for yourselves!  These pictures were taken as early as 10 PM.

Pictures: Gregory Hardison

 

 

 

6 Sep

Gold Petal Farms

Gold Petal Farms

September is here, but there are plenty of beach days left to be had in Sandbridge.  If you’re the type of person who enjoys drinking your pumpkin spice lattes next to the pool of your vacation home, you may be dreaming of falling leaves and pumpkin patches while still savoring the summer sunshine. What if we told you that you could have your (pumpkin flavored) cake and eat it too?

Gold Petal Farms of Chaptico, Maryland brings a little late-summer sunshine to Virginia Beach with 6 acres of pick-your-own sunflowers on Seaboard Road, a 15 minute drive from Sandbridge. With plenty of family vacation photo opportunities and the transitional summer to fall vibes you crave, Gold Petal Farms is a great addition to your Sandbridge vacation experience and a bouquet of sunflowers will brighten up any room in your beach house or serve as a cheerful souvenir of your visit.

For more information visit https://goldpetalfarms.com/

 

 

31 Aug

Virtual Learning in Sandbridge: Nearby Historical Attractions

Virtual Learning in Sandbridge: Nearby Historical Attractions 

As a parent, Fall 2020 may be looking a lot different for you as many schools adopt an online learning platform for distance learning and back to school shopping becomes a distant memory. The good news is that now school can be done from anywhere, including a cozy beach house in Sandbridge, Virginia. In fact, its Hampton Roads location is rich with military history, close to many Revolutionary War landmarks, and only a short car ride from the first permanent English-speaking settlement of the United States.



Who says distance learning has to be limited to a computer? Now is the perfect time to take a vacation that balances relaxation with hands-on learning, creating fun for the whole family.

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Colonial Williamsburg — Williamsburg, VA

Distance from Sandbridge: 67 miles

What you’ll learn: The former capital of colonial Virginia, Williamsburg is rich with the history of America’s beginnings from its role in the American Revolution to its unique living-history depiction of daily life in Colonial Virginia. Stop by the other two corners of the historic triangle: Jamestown and Yorktown and witness live glass blowing demonstrations, visit historic battlefields, or enjoy the scenery with a drive down Colonial Parkway.


Fort Monroe — Hampton, VA 

Distance from Sandbridge: 38 miles

What you’ll learn: Fort Monroe is a former US-Army base, turned national monument in 2011. There, you have the opportunity to explore the vast fort, built in 1819 to protect the Hampton Roads area. Stop by the Casemate Museum to learn more about the area’s rich military history and role in colonial America, visit Jefferson Davis’ jail cell, collect shells from the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoy the historic beauty of the original architecture and homes which lend Fort Monroe its charm.


Nauticus Maritime Museum — Norfolk, VA

Distance from Sandbridge: 25 miles

What you’ll learn: Spend the day immersed in maritime history and indigenous sea life to the Hampton Roads area at this unique museum rich in history and science. Visit the USS Wisconsin and learn all about Battleship Aviation in the 50-year life of the Norfolk Aircraft Carrier.


Military Aviation Museum — Virginia Beach, VA

Distance from Sandbridge: 10 miles

What you’ll learn: History comes to life as you view airplanes from World War I & II. Learn about the key role these aircrafts played in United States history, visit the outdoor Jurassic Park display, and even go for a ride on an airplane!

 

 

17 Jun

Postcards from the Beach: Restaurants around Sandbridge with Outdoor Seating! 

Restaurants around Sandbridge with Outdoor Seating! 

As we begin to kick off our summer season at Siebert Realty we are getting excited to have all our visitors come down to Sandbridge! To help you start planning some things to make your trip special we want to share some of our favorite things around the area! To start off this series we wanted to share some of our favorite places to dine outside! 

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Sage Kitchen at Andersons

Sage is opening up for the summer season with their outdoor patio in full swing! Located in Anderson’s right on Sandbridge Road it is our go-to for fresh farm to table goodness. Everything they serve is made from scratch and incorporates the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from their own greenhouse. Whether you’re a foodie or not you have to come check it out. They will also have a list of local musicians playing the night away! For more information check out Sage Kitchen here. 


The Baja 

One of our favorite places to unwind in the summer! Baja has been a Sandbridge staple for years and years! With a large outdoor seating area with incredible sunset views it’s a must for anyone visiting Sandbridge. Their menu focuses on the best seafood to delicious pizzas to the AMAZING appetizers (the she-fries are a must!). They also have so many fun things for families including live music, corn-hole, giant Jenga, and more! Also their coffee shop will be opening for the season on May 15th from 7am to 11am, so bring your towel and chairs and enjoy a cup of Joe and a breakfast wrap on the Bayview lawn!


Bandidos Taco Stand

Making their seasonal appearance once again, Bandidos taco truck is back! Located in the parking lot right before Siebert Realty is the tiny but mighty food truck that dishes out some of the best tacos, nachos, burritos, and quesadillas around. With a great menu that ranges from $1 to $9 it is a great option when feeding a crowd! They also have vegetarian options so everyone is happy! So grab your beach chairs or blankets because its time for a parking lot party at Bandidos!  


Sugar Shack

Sugar shack has been a beloved part of sandbridge for a long time! Located right below Simply Steamed, this little ice-cream shack has every flavor and all the toppings you could imagine. Unlike other ice cream shops here you pay what your ice cream weighs! They also have other options which include milkshakes and scoops in freshly made cones. This year Sugar Shack has added something new to their menu, breakfast! They are cooking up breakfast sandwiches, coffee, bagels, waffles, lattes and more! To make it even sweeter they offer FREE breakfast delivery! 


Sandbridge Island

Want a delicious meal without having to leave Sandbridge? Well this should be your go to, located near the entrance to sandbridge, Sandbridge Island is the perfect place to grab a pizza or fill up on some crab legs. Located right outside of the restaurant are a few tables with views of the Atlantic Ocean. They also have various local wines, beer, and desserts available.

10 Jun

Sand Replenishment

Expect a much larger beach when you vacation with us in 2020!

Sandbridge is replenished with sand every 5-7 years because the beach gets shorter and shorter due to hurricanes and the ocean washing up on the shore. Sand is pumped from 3 miles out onto the beach through the pipes. After making it to shore, the sand drops and the water flows back into the ocean leaving a mound of sand that the workers then push and move to make it flat and level. The tall tripod is a CRAB and it determines how much sand is needed for that section of the beach.